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Cleveland police, EMT’s, and other first responders are refusing to take the field to hold a giant U.S. flag. After the Cleveland Browns took a knee during a recent preseason game, according to Fox 8 in Cleveland.
As the Browns prepared to meet the New York Giants on Monday, August 21, nearly a dozen members of the Browns took a knee during the playing of the national anthem at Cleveland’s FirstEnergy Stadium.
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The act enraged many local fans, including a Cleveland Veterans of Foreign Wars post which announced a boycott of Browns games in response to the anthem protest.
Famed Browns star Jim Brown also criticized the protest telling the young players not to “disrespect the flag.” Days after Brown’s admonition, the whole team was seen standing during the anthem at the Browns’ next outing.
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However, the return to standing at attention for the anthem wasn’t enough for the local police and EMT unions., according to Fox 8 Cleveland.
The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association and ILA Local 1975, which represents the city’s dispatchers, EMTs and paramedics, have announced that they won’t participate in a flag ceremony the team had planned to perform for the season opener.
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